Andy Williams

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"Moon River" Singer Andy Williams Dies at 84

Andy Williams

"Moon River" singer and 1960s TV variety show host Andy Williams has died in his Branson, Mo., home, People reports. He was 84.

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Williams, born Howard Andrew Williams in Iowa, first started singing with his brothers in the late '30s. Together the quartet joined entertainer Kay Thompson in her nightclub act. After breaking up in 1952, Williams launched his solo career where he eventually landed a spot on The Tonight Show and a Columbia Records contract. His rendition of the Breakfast at Tiffany's theme "Moon River" became his signature hit.

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Premiered: September 01, 1969, on NBC
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Premise: The popular crooner hosted this---and many other---variety shows. After headlining three summer series (including one on NBC with June Valli in 1957), Williams launched this multi-Emmy-winning vehicle in 1962, with Dick Van Dyke and the Osmond Brothers among the regulars. After cutting back to ocassional specials in 1967-68, Williams' weekly series returned in '69 with a more modern look and sound (namely, rock acts). A syndicated half-hour variety show followed during the 1976-77 season.

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